Indonesia: Sub-regional Seminar on Strengthening Union Capacity Overcoming Multiplicity of Unions in South East Asia

From 12 to 14 December 2011, the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) organized a regional seminar in Jakarta on Strengthening Union Capacity Overcoming Multiplicity of Unions in South East Asia.

Press release | Jakarta, Indonesia | 14 December 2011

Jakarta, 14 December 2011 (ACTRAV INFO)- From 12 to 14 December 2011, the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) organized a regional seminar in Jakarta on Strengthening Union Capacity Overcoming Multiplicity of Unions in South East Asia.

The participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, exchanged their experiences during this seminar, the main objective of which was to build union solidarity in the region.

”We looked at some opportunities and some examples of how the unions could work together in terms of issues and common ground. Actually, in Indonesia, the ILO’s Global Jobs Pact (GJP) gave a very good opportunity for the unions to work together over twelve months. And the result has been that a Joint Secretariat office has been launched for the four national Confederations”, explained Mr. Raghwan Raghwan, Desk Officer for the Asia and Pacific Region, at the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ILO ACTRAV).“This is a positive aspect coming out of the seminar and coming out of the development in Indonesia which is a big country with a strong trade union movement in the region. I think it shows the maturity of the unions in this region. ACTRAV and the ILO’s Country Office for Indonesia in Jakarta fully support this working together between unions”, added Mr. Raghwan.

At the end of the seminar, all the participants noted the positive outcomes of trade union solidarity in the four countries.

For more information, contact:

Raghwan RAGHWAN
Specialist in Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV)
Desk Officer for Asia-Pacific
Tél :+41 22 799 6469
Email : raghwan[at]ilo[dot]org